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unholybluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Run time: 102 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: 1

The story has a priest who survives a fall from a building with not so much as a scratch. He is assigned his own Parrish after this incident as two older priests talk of him as the one. Well strange things begin to occur as the priest meets a girl named Millie who works at a bar that is a bit satanic. The owner Luke asks the priest for help, but the priest distrusts this man completely and suspects him of the murders. Time seems to be running out, and the priest has few leads until the two older ones try to tell him that he is a key participant in the battle of good and evil.

Like I said, I thought it was pretty good. It had some gore, some nudity and a rather interesting mystery to go along with it. Sure the creature effects were not super good, but I thought they were better than any computer generated monster that appears in low budget films of today. I liked the death of the one guy who pukes, though all the kills are pretty gruesome. Maybe they could of been spaced out better and had more deaths, but overall I liked how the movie was presented.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print looks decent for an almost 30 year old film in high definition. My one issue that I do have with the print though is that it is a bit all over the place. Colors are in a weird place as they are just plain soft throughout the entire film. This tends to hamper then the overall experience with the softness since there is an issue with the details. There is some damage throughout the print that is very apparent. Grain at times looks natural, and then there are some spikes throughout. While there are some issues that I have reported, this is the best that the film has ever looked considering how many times I have seen it on every format imaginable.
Print Quality: 7/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 2.0 mix. Like many cult low budget movies from the 80’s, ‘The Unholy’ is more of a front heavy experience. The soundfield does get some activity due to the score and with effects. Dialogue was clean and crisp sounding well balanced with the mix.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Camilo Vila
  • Isolated Score Selections
  • Audio Interview with Production Designer and Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca
  • Sins of the Father with Ben Cross [HD]
  • Demons in the Flesh: The Monsters of “The Unholy” [HD]
  • Prayer Offerings with Production Designer and Co-Writer Fernando Fonseca [HD]
  • Original Ending Featuring Optional Commentary with Producer Mathew Hayden [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [HD]
  • TV Spots [HD]
  • Radio Spots
  • Original Storyboard Gallery [HD]
  • Still Gallery [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

Even though the film seems to have all the right ingredients for success, it does have its issues. Nicole Fortier is absolutely flawless as the demon. If you are a longtime fan of the film, this is a worthy upgrade.
Overall Rating: 7/10